This procedure, also known as the laser peel, is used to remove facial wrinkles, age spots, scars, discoloration, and sun damaged skin. While accomplishing this, the skin also tightens. A specially configured, computer controlled carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is used to remove damaged skin of the face and neck layer by layer. A beam of light energy vaporizes the upper levels of damaged skin at computer controlled specific levels of penetration. Following removal of the outer layers of damaged skin, new cells form as the area heals resulting in smoother, tighter, more youthful appearing skin.
This can be combined with other rejuvination procedures and is often combined with a facelift and neck lift.
Thanks to new computer and laser technology, fractional CO2 laser resurfacing offers the ability to treat the face, neck, hands, and body. The amount of correction can be coordinated to fit with your individual time schedule. This may also be used in selective scar treatment.
Dr.Burke developed the Matrix Micro laser Peel(R) which is tailored to your goals and to your recovery time. With the lightest peel, recovery is overnight.
Who is a Candidate
- If you have wrinkles of the skin on the face.
- If you have uneven skin surface as the result of acne scarring or small skin growths.
- If your skin is loose and you wish to avoid more invasive procedures.
- Smoother, youthful appearing skin of more uniform color.
- Tighter skin.
- The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under topical and local anesthesia. With light fractional laser procedures, anesthesia may not be required due to the use of a surface cooler which keeps the skin more comfortable through the use of cold air.
- More extensive procedures, and those combined with other cosmetic surgical procedures usually are treated with the addition of conscious sedation.
- The superficial layers of the skin are vaporized by the laser. Through the use of computer controls, the depth of penetration is extremely controlled and predictable.
Recuperation and Healing
- The treated areas are washed, and medicated lotions are usually applied several times daily.
- A superficial crust may form. Depending on the degree of correction chosen, and your time considerations, this may peel off as early as 1-3 days. A new smoother skin surface forms. Initially this is red or pink and is more fragile.
- Makeup may be applied in 1-3 days. If there is redness, our staff will help you with a blender makeup.
- Skin redness usually fades in 1-2 months or less with fractional treatment and up to 3-6 months with full thickness ablative treatment.
- The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.